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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215044/developing-caring-conversations-in-care-homes-an-appreciative-inquiry
#1
Belinda Dewar, Tamsin MacBride
Relationship-centred practice is key to delivering quality care in care homes. Evidence is strong about the centrality of human interaction in developing relationships that promote dignity and compassion. The Caring Conversations framework is a framework for delivering compassionate care based on human interactions that was developed in the acute healthcare setting. The key attributes are: be courageous, connect emotionally, be curious, consider other perspectives, collaborate, compromise and celebrate. This paper reports on a study to explore its relevance to the care home setting and the development of an educational intervention, based on the framework, to enhance development of human interaction...
February 19, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215021/sluggish-cognitive-tempo-processing-speed-and-internalizing-symptoms-the-moderating-effect-of-age
#2
Lisa A Jacobson, Megan Geist, E Mark Mahone
Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) has been defined by a constellation of caregiver-reported symptoms that includes daydreaming, difficulty initiating and sustaining effort, lethargy, and physical underactivity. These symptoms have been observed in both typically developing children and in some children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-especially those with the predominantly inattentive presentation. Symptoms of SCT (typically identified via rating scales) appear separable from DSM inattentive ADHD symptoms, but have also been associated with internalizing symptoms...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214963/investigating-the-potential-impact-of-social-talk-on-prevention-through-social-networks-the-relationships-between-social-talk-and-refusal-self-efficacy-and-norms
#3
Hye Jeong Choi, Michael Hecht, Rachel A Smith
Interpersonal communication among participants plays an important role in the impact and effectiveness of prevention programs (Southwell & Yzer, Communication Theory 19:1-8, 2009). This study focused on adolescents' informal conversations about a prevention program, referred to as social talk, from a social network perspective. We provide both a conceptualization of social talk in relation to prevention programs and an operationalization of it by examining adolescents' social networks. Participants (N = 185) were eighth-grade students attending a middle school substance-abuse prevention program called keepin' it REAL (kiR)...
February 18, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214891/up-regulated-atf4-expression-increases-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-in-response-to-radiation
#4
Ying Zong, Shijie Feng, Jinwei Cheng, Chenlin Yu, Guocai Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a member of the activating transcription factor family which regulates the expression of genes involved in amino acid metabolism, redox homeostasis and ER stress responses. ATF4 is also over-expressed in human solid tumors, although its effect on responsiveness to radiation is largely unexplored. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to detect ATF4 mRNA levels in cells treated with different doses of 60Coγ radiation...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214873/nel-like-molecule-1-nell1-is-regulated-by-bone-morphogenetic-protein-9-bmp9-and-potentiates-bmp9-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-at-the-expense-of-adipogenesis-in-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Jing Wang, Junyi Liao, Fugui Zhang, Dongzhe Song, Minpeng Lu, Jianxiang Liu, Qiang Wei, Shengli Tang, Hao Liu, Jiaming Fan, Yulong Zou, Dan Guo, Jiayi Huang, Feng Liu, Chao Ma, Xue Hu, Li Li, Xiangyang Qu, Liqun Chen, Yaguang Weng, Michael J Lee, Tong-Chuan He, Russell R Reid, Jiye Zhang
BACKGROUND: BMP9 induces both osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Nell1 is a secretory glycoprotein with osteoinductive and anti-adipogenic activities. We investigated the role of Nell1 in BMP9-induced osteogenesis and adipogenesis in MSCs. METHODS: Previously characterized MSCs iMEFs were used. Overexpression of BMP9 and NELL1 or silencing of mouse Nell1 was mediated by adenoviral vectors. Early and late osteogenic and adipogenic markers were assessed by staining techniques and qPCR analysis...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214700/uncertainty-estimation-by-bayesian-approach-in-thermochemical-conversion-of-walnut-hull-and-lignite-coal-blends
#6
Musa Buyukada
The main purpose of the present study was to incorporate the uncertainties in the thermal behavior of walnut hull (WH), lignite coal, and their various blends using Bayesian approach. First of all, thermal behavior of related materials were investigated under different temperatures, blend ratios, and heating rates. Results of ultimate and proximate analyses showed the main steps of oxidation mechanism of (co-)combustion process. Thermal degradation started with the (hemi-)cellulosic compounds and finished with lignin...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214698/value-adding-conversion-and-volume-reduction-of-sewage-sludge-by-anaerobic-co-digestion-with-crude-glycerol
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Kensuke Kurahashi, Chie Kimura, You Fujimoto, Hayato Tokumoto
In this study, conversion of sewage sludge to biogas by anaerobic co-digestion with crude glycerol was examined. When 0.126g/L crude glycerol was added to the reactor, only methane was produced. Upon addition of 5.04g/L crude glycerol, hydrogen production occurred, and a significant amount of 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PDO) was generated in the liquid phase. On day 6, the dry weight was largely composed of organic acids (48%) and 1,3-PDO (17%), which are water-soluble. Degradation of 1,3-PDO was very slow, which is advantageous for recovery...
February 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214697/characterization-of-white-poplar-and-eucalyptus-after-ionic-liquid-pretreatment-as-a-function-of-biomass-loading-using-x-ray-diffraction-and-small-angle-neutron-scattering
#8
Xueming Yuan, Yonghao Duan, Lilin He, Seema Singh, Blake Simmons, Gang Cheng
A systematic study was performed to understand interactions among biomass loading during ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment, biomass type and biomass structures. White poplar and eucalyptus samples were pretreated using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EmimOAc) at 110°C for 3h at biomass loadings of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25wt%. All of the samples were chemically characterized and tested for enzymatic hydrolysis. Physical structures including biomass crystallinity and porosity were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS), respectively...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214627/up-conversion-luminescence-in-yb-3-er-3-tm-3-co-doped-al2o3-tio2-nano-composites
#9
Teboho Patrick Mokoena, Ella Cebisa Linganiso, Vinod Kumar, Hendrik C Swart, So-Hye Cho, Odireleng Martin Ntwaeaborwa
The sol gel method was used to prepare rare-earths (Yb(3+)-Er(3+) and Yb(3+)-Tm(3+)) co-doped Al2O3-TiO2 nano-composite powder phosphors and their up-conversion luminescence properties were investigated. Mixed oxides of titania (TiO2) rutile phase and an early stage crystallization of alumina (Al2O3) phase were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction data with the average crystallite size of ∼36nm. The rutile phase TiO2 was further confirmed by selected area diffraction analysis of the composites. Microscopy analysis showed interesting rod-like morphologies with rough surfaces indicating that a spherulitic growth process took place during the crystal growth...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214624/effect-of-cobalt-loading-on-the-solid-state-properties-and-ethyl-acetate-oxidation-performance-of-cobalt-cerium-mixed-oxides
#10
M Konsolakis, S A C Carabineiro, G E Marnellos, M F Asad, O S G P Soares, M F R Pereira, J J M Órfão, J L Figueiredo
Cobalt-cerium mixed oxides were prepared by the wet impregnation method and evaluated for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) abatement, using ethyl acetate (EtAc) as model molecule. The impact of Co content on the physicochemical characteristics of catalysts and EtAc conversion was investigated. The materials were characterized by various techniques, including N2 adsorption at -196°C, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to reveal the structure-activity relationship...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214562/leveraging-health-informatics-to-a-foster-smart-systems-response-to-health-disparities-and-health-equity-challenges
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Timothy Jay Carney, Amanda Y Kong
Informaticians are challenged to design health IT solutions for complex problems like health disparities but are only achieving mixed results in demonstrating a direct impact on health outcomes. This presentation of collective intelligence and the corresponding terms of smart health, knowledge ecosystem, enhanced health disparities informatics capacities, knowledge exchange, big-data, and situational awareness are means of demonstrating the complex challenges informatics professional face in trying to model, measure, and manage an intelligence and a smart systems response to health disparities...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214477/hospital-wide-porcine-mesh-conversion-results-in-cost-savings-with-equivalent-clinical-outcomes
#12
Nickolas Byrge, Mary C Mone, Daniel Vargo
BACKGROUND: A variety of biologic mesh is available for ventral hernia repair. Despite widely variable costs, there is no data comparing cost of material to clinical outcome. METHODS: Biologic mesh product change was examined. A prospective survey was done to determine appropriate biologic mesh utilization, followed by a retrospective chart review of those treated from Sept. 2012 to Aug. 2013 with Strattice™ and from Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2014 with Permacol™. Outcome variables included complications associated with each material, repair success, and cost difference over the two periods...
February 12, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214243/synthetic-metabolic-bypass-for-a-metabolic-toggle-switch-enhances-acetyl-coa-supply-for-isopropanol-production-by-escherichia-coli
#13
Yuki Soma, Taiki Yamaji, Fumio Matsuda, Taizo Hanai
Almost all synthetic pathways for biofuel production are designed to require endogenous metabolites in glycolysis, such as phosphoenolpyruvate, pyruvate, and acetyl-CoA. However, such metabolites are also required for bacterial cell growth. To reduce the metabolic imbalance between cell growth and target chemical production, we previously constructed a metabolic toggle switch (MTS) as a conditional flux redirection tool controlling metabolic flux of TCA cycle toward isopropanol production. This approach succeeded to improve the isopropanol production titer and yield while ensuring sufficient cell growth...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214241/improvement-of-operational-stability-of-ogataea-minuta-carbonyl-reductase-for-chiral-alcohol-production
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Kohsuke Honda, Mizuha Inoue, Tomohiro Ono, Kenji Okano, Yasumasa Dekishima, Hiroshi Kawabata
Directed evolution of enantio-selective carbonyl reductase from Ogataea minuta was conducted to improve the operational stability of the enzyme. A mutant library was constructed by an error-prone PCR and screened using a newly developed colorimetric assay. The stability of a mutant with two amino acid substitutions was significantly higher than that of the wild type at 50°C in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide. Site-directed mutagenesis analysis showed that the improved stability of the enzyme can be attributed to the amino acid substitution of V166A...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214226/cd49a-expression-defines-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-poised-for-cytotoxic-function-in-human-skin
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Stanley Cheuk, Heinrich Schlums, Irène Gallais Sérézal, Elisa Martini, Samuel C Chiang, Nicole Marquardt, Anna Gibbs, Ebba Detlofsson, Andrea Introini, Marianne Forkel, Charlotte Höög, Annelie Tjernlund, Jakob Michaëlsson, Lasse Folkersen, Jenny Mjösberg, Lennart Blomqvist, Marcus Ehrström, Mona Ståhle, Yenan T Bryceson, Liv Eidsmo
Tissue-resident memory T (Trm) cells form a heterogeneous population that provides localized protection against pathogens. Here, we identify CD49a as a marker that differentiates CD8(+) Trm cells on a compartmental and functional basis. In human skin epithelia, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells produced interferon-γ, whereas CD8(+)CD49a(-) Trm cells produced interleukin-17 (IL-17). In addition, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells from healthy skin rapidly induced the expression of the effector molecules perforin and granzyme B when stimulated with IL-15, thereby promoting a strong cytotoxic response...
February 13, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214169/protective-misperception-prospective-study-of-weight-self-perception-and-blood-pressure-in-adolescents-with-overweight-and-obesity
#16
Emily S Unger, Ichiro Kawachi, Carly E Milliren, Kendrin R Sonneville, Idia B Thurston, Holly C Gooding, Tracy K Richmond
PURPOSE: Underestimating one's weight is often seen as a barrier to weight loss. However, recent research has shown that weight underperception may be beneficial, with lower future weight gain and fewer depressive symptoms. Here, we examine the relationship between adolescent weight underperception and future blood pressure. METHODS: Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we obtained a nationally representative sample of 2,463 adolescents with overweight and obesity (students in grades 8-12 in 1996)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214102/vitreomacular-adhesion-and-the-risk-of-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
Emilia Maggio, Antonio Polito, Massimo Guerriero, Guido Prigione, Barbara Parolini, Grazia Pertile
PURPOSE: To assess the prevalence of vitreomacular adhesion (VMA) in consecutive naïve eyes diagnosed with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in comparison with eyes with nonexudative AMD and age-matched controls, and to evaluate prospectively the incidence of vitreomacular interface changes over time and their influence on choroidal neovascularization (CNV) development. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis and longitudinal cohort study conducted at Sacrocuore Hospital, Negrar, Verona, Italy...
February 14, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213996/three-dimensional-computed-tomography-for-preoperative-assessment-of-the-pulmonary-artery-in-patients-undergoing-endoscopic-lobectomy-or-segmentectomy
#18
Amaia Ojanguren, José Luis Recuero, Marina Pardina, Lucía Milla, Maite Santamaría
BACKGROUND: The interest for endoscopic pulmonary anatomic resections has grown exponentially during the last decade. During thoracoscopic procedures surgeons cannot rely on digital handling and operative field is viewed on a two-dimensional video monitor, thus frequently encountering anatomical difficulties. The hypothesis is that foreknowledge of the anatomy of each patient would greatly contribute to the safety and accuracy of the operation. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 3dimensional multidetector computed tomography (3D-MDCT) software to identify the pulmonary artery branching pattern during the preoperative study of endoscopic lobectomies and segmentectomies...
February 14, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
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Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213949/peri-implant-bone-remodeling-at-the-interface-of-three-different-implant-types-a-histomorphometric-study-in-mini-pigs
#20
Wenjuan Zhou, Sonja Kuderer, Zhonghao Liu, Christian Ulm, Xiaohui Rausch-Fan, Stefan Tangl
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a histomorphometric evaluation of the healing characteristics and jawbone remodeling processes in the peri-implant bone tissue of three commonly used implant surfaces, during the early weeks of osseointegration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Dental implants with three different surfaces (anodically modified, hydroxyapatite (HA)-coated and machined) were inserted into the mandibular side-tooth region of twelve adult mini-pigs...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Oral Implants Research
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